The Biblical View To Understanding Yourself
   The Biblical View To
   Understanding Yourself

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2 Timothy 1:7, "For God hath not given us the spirit of fear (anxiety, worry, tension, nervousness, stress, pressure, despair, despondency); but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind."

I. Man Has Three General Parts -- Spirit -- Soul -- Body.

1 Thess. 5:23, "And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and <I pray God> your whole [spirit] and [soul] and [body] be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ."

II. The Bible Groups These Three Parts As Two:

A. The Outer Man ® Body --- Also referred to as the "Flesh" --- the "Adamic" nature.

1. Also referred to as our "House" --- "Tabernacle" --- "Temple" --- "Mansion" in which we live.

2. 2 Peter 1:13-14, "Yea, I think it meet, as long as I am in this tabernacle, to stir you up by putting <you> in remembrance; {14} Knowing that shortly I must put off <this> my tabernacle, even as our Lord Jesus Christ hath showed me."

3. 2 Tim. 4:6, "For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand."

B. The Inner Man ® Spirit & Soul.

1. Rom. 7:22-23, "For I delight in the law of God after the inward man: {23} But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members."

2. 2 Cor. 4:16, "For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward <man> is renewed day by day."

3. Eph. 3:16, "That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man;"

III. The Outer Man (Flesh, Natural Man, Adamic Nature) Is Given Up By God As Hopeless, Useless, And Consigned Back To The Dust From Which It Came.

A. Rom. 5:12, "Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into he world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:"

B. Eph. 2:1-3, "And you <hath he quickened>, who were dead in trespasses and sins: {2} Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: {3} Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others."

C. Rom. 3:10-12, "As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: {11} There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. {12} They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one."

D. Rom. 7:18, "For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing:" --- 8:8, "So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God."

E. Eccl. 12:7, "Then shall the [dust return] to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall [return] unto God who gave it."

IV. The Spirit Is The Real "You" & Includes The "Five Senses" --- (Sight --- Hearing --- Touch --- Taste --- Smell)

A. Luke 16:23-24, "And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. {24} And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame."

B. We were created in the Image of God --- God Is A Spirit --- Therefore we were created a Spiritual Being!

1. Gen. 1:26, "And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness:"

2. John 4:24, "[God] <is> a [Spirit]: and they that worship him must worship <him> in [spirit] and in [truth]."

C. We Do Not Have a spirit, We Are a spirit! --- We Have a House, a Tabernacle, a Temple, a Body in which we live.

2 Cor. 5:1-8, "For we know that if our earthly house of <this> tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. {2} For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with our house which is from heaven: {3} If so be that being clothed we shall not be found naked. {4} For we that are in <this> tabernacle do groan, being burdened: not for that we would be unclothed, but clothed upon, that mortality might be swallowed up of life." --- V.6, " Therefore <we are> always confident, knowing that, whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord: {7} (For we walk by faith, not by sight:) {8} We are confident, <I say>, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord."

D. It is the Spirit That Is Born of God and made a Partaker of His Divine Nature! --- the Flesh Is Not Changed! --- As we have already seen.

1. 1 John 3:1-2, "Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the Sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not. Beloved, Now are we the Sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be Like Him; for we shall see him as he is." V. 9, "Whosoever is Born of God doth not commit sin; for his Seed (Sperma) remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is Born of God."

2. Eph. 5:30, "For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones."

3. 2 Peter 1:4, "Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature,"

V. The Soul (Also Referred To As The "Heart") Is The Conscious Self That Governs All Our Actions.

A. Matt. 15:19, "For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies:"

B. The Soul (Heart) operates through Three Faculties:

1. The heart Thinks through the Mind.

a. Don't allow your heart to do your thinking for you.

b. Phil. 2:5, "Let this [mind] be in you, which was also in [Christ] Jesus:"

c. 2 Cor. 10:5, "Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;"

d. Phil. 4:8, "Finally, brethren, whatsoever [things] are true, whatsoever [things] <are> honest, whatsoever [things] <are> just, whatsoever [things] <are> pure, whatsoever [things] <are> lovely, whatsoever [things] <are> of good report; if <there be> any virtue, and if <there be> any praise, [think] on these [things]."

e. Rom. 12:1-2, "I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, <which is> your reasonable service. {2} And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what <is> that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God."

f. There Is A Great Battle Going On For The Control of Your Mind!

2. The heart Decides through the Will.

a. Jer. 17:9, "The heart <is> deceitful above all <things>, and desperately wicked: who can know it?"

b. Are you going to Allow Such A Heart To Made Decisions For You?

c. We must Control Our Hearts rather than Allowing Our Hearts To Control Us!

Prov. 4:23, "Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it <are> the issues of life."

3. The heart Feels through the Emotions.

a. Jer. 17:9, "The heart <is> deceitful above all <things>, and desperately wicked: who can know it?"

b. Are you going to Allow Such A Heart To Tell You How To Feel?

c. Phil. 4:4, "[Rejoice] in the Lord [alway]: <and> again I say, [Rejoice]."

d. Heb. 13:15, "By him therefore let us offer the [sacrifice] of [praise] to God continually, that is, the fruit of <our> lips giving thanks to his name."

VI. The Flesh And The Spirit Are Constantly At War With Each Other --- Battling For Control! --- of The Soul (Mind, Will, & Emotions)

A. Gal. 5:16-17, "<This> I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. {17} For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would."

B. Paul --- Rom. 7:14-25, "For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin. {15} For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I. {16} If then I do that which I would not, I consent unto the law that <it is> good. {17} Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me. {18} For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but <how> to perform that which is good I find not. {19} For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do. {20} Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me. {21} I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me. {22} For I delight in the law of God after the inward man: {23} But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. {24} O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death? {25} I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin."



Understanding The Human Heart

I. Keep in mind --- The Soul (Heart) operates through Three Faculties:

A. The heart Thinks through the Mind.

B. The heart Decides through the Will.

C. The heart Feels through the Emotions.

II. Your Heart Is The Center (Mainspring) of Your Life!

Prov. 4:23, "Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it <are> the issues of life."

Matt. 15:19, "For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies:" (Mark 7:21)

Luke 6:45, "A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh."

III. There Are Certain Things Which Influences Our Hearts --- Without Our Choice:

A. The heart is Born With A Tendency To Sin.

Rom. 5:19, "For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, ..."

Jer. 17:9, "The heart <is> deceitful above all <things>, and desperately wicked: who can know it?"

B. The heart is characterized by Foolishness When Young.

Prov. 22:15, "Foolishness <is> bound in the heart of a child; <but> the rod of correction shall drive it far from him."

C. The heart Responds To Training.

Prov. 22:6, "Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it."

Eph. 6:4, "And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord."

D. The heart Responds To Modeling (Examples) Both Good And Evil.

1. Past Models influence Present Behavior.

What Parents Do (or allow) In Moderation --- Their Children Do In Excess!

2. Abraham's Deception becomes Isaac's Solution!

Gen. 20:2, "And Abraham said of Sarah his wife, She <is> my sister: and Abimelech king of Gerar sent, and took Sarah."

Gen. 26:9, "And Abimelech called Isaac, and said, Behold, of a surety she <is> thy wife: and how saidst thou, She <is> my sister? ....."

(And of course you remember how it continued with Jacob --- the trickster)

3. Influence of Negative Modeling:

Prov. 23:17, "Let not thine heart envy sinners: but <be thou> in the fear of the LORD all the day long."

1 Cor. 15:33, "Be not deceived: evil communications (companions) corrupt good manners."

4. Influence of Positive Modeling:

2 Tim. 2:22, "Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart."

1 Thess. 1:1-2, "Paul, and Silvanus, and Timotheus, unto the church of the Thessalonians <which is> in God the Father and <in> the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace <be> unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ. {2} We give thanks to God always for you all, making mention of you in our prayers; {3} Remembering without ceasing your work of faith, and labour of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ, in the sight of God and our Father; {4} Knowing, brethren beloved, your election of God. {5} For our gospel came not unto you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Ghost, and in much assurance; as ye know what manner of men we were among you for your sake. {6} And ye became followers of us, and of the Lord, having received the word in much affliction, with joy of the Holy Ghost: {7} So that ye were ensamples to all that believe in Macedonia and Achaia. {8} For from you sounded out the word of the Lord not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but also in every place your faith to God-ward is spread abroad; so that we need not to speak any thing."

1 Thess. 2:10-12, "Ye <are> witnesses, and God <also>, how holily and justly and unblameably we behaved ourselves among you that believe: {11} As ye know how we exhorted and comforted and charged every one of you, as a father <doth> his children, {12} That ye would walk worthy of God, who hath called you unto his kingdom and glory."

Phil. 4:9, "Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you."

1 Peter 5:3, "Neither as being lords over <God's> heritage, but being ensamples to the flock."

IV. Common Heart Problems Where The --- Past Effects The Present:

A. Growing up with Parents who had Unhealthy Expectations of us.

1. Father's Parenting of Us:

a. Extreme use of Coercive Discipline.

b. Lack of meaningful Parental Involvement (distance or absence).

2. Mother's Parenting of Us:

a. Extreme use of Manipulative Discipline.

b. Lack of meaningful Parental Involvement (distance or absence).

B. Growing up with Parents who had Unhealthy Relationships with us.

1. Father's Relationship with us.

a. Became a target for Father's Personal Unfulfilled Goals.

b. Became a target for Father's Bitterness.

c. Became a target for Father's Unhealthy Hunger For Others Acceptance.

d. Became a target for Father's Sexual Frustration.

2. Mother's Relationship with us.

a. Became a target for Mother's Personal Unfulfilled Goals.

b. Became a target for Mother's Bitterness.

c. Became a target for Mother's Unhealthy Hunger For Others Acceptance.

d. Became a target for Mother's Sexual Frustration.

C. As A Results of Unhealthy Influences In Our Youth, We Make Poor Relationship Choices In Which We Are Driven Within And Easily Mislead By Others!

1. We Over or Under Value Friendships with others of the Same Sex.

2.We build Romantic Relationships based on Compulsions To Fill-Up what is felt to be Missing Within.

3. Being Victimized in Relationships can create Oppressive Guilt Feelings or Bitterness so that Current Daily Living Is Constantly Effected.

4. Inability to choose a Marriage Partner For Healthy Motives.

5. Inability to find Personal Satisfaction in marriage leads to Escapes:

a. Men escape into their Jobs.

b. Women escape into her Household Activities and Children.

c. Men escape into Sexual Fantasy.

d. Women escape into Romantic Fantasy.

e. Both, Men & Women become Open To Affairs and/or Divorce.

D. We Treat Our Spouses And Children The Way Our Parents Treated Us, (So The Cycle Repeats).



Strategies For Breaking This Cycle
of An Unhealthy Self-Image:

I. First, we must begin with a True And Honest Insight of Ourself --- we must Consistently Examine Our Hearts in a Healthy manner.

1 Cor. 11:31-32, "For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged. {32} But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world."

1 John 3:21-22, "Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, <then> have we confidence toward God. {22} And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight."

II. Second, we must Accept God as a Perfect Father.

A. Our View of God is greatly molded by our Experience With Our Parents or guardians.

1. Having Involved and Concerned parents with Steady Character, give us a View of God as Steady, Trustworthy and Reliable.

2. Having parents that were Distant, Absent or Self-Absorbed, give us a View of God as being Needed Only When A "Real" Problem has occurred and you Need Something From Him.

3. Having Controlling parents that were often Harsh In Their Discipline, give a View of God as Judgmental and Legalistic and Never Satisfied With Us.

4. Having Abusive parents, give us a View of God as Unconcerned or Non-Existent.

B. We must Consciously Replace Our Wrong Impressions With A Biblical View of God.

III. Third, We must invite Close, Quality, and Personal Friends to Interact Honestly With us About us.

A. Learn to value Real Friends who will tell you the Real Truth about yourself.

B. Prov. 27:5-6, "Open rebuke <is> better than secret love. {6} Faithful <are> the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy <are> deceitful." --- V. 9, "Ointment and perfume rejoice the heart: so <doth> the sweetness of a man's [friend] by hearty counsel." --- V. 17, "Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his [friend]."

C. Share Character Goals with Proven Friends who will help and encourage you.

1. Goals for your view of Yourself.

2. Goals for your view of Others In General.

3. Goals for your view of Significant Others.

4. Goals for your view of God.

IV. Finally, In Order To Accomplish These Three, we must have an honest insight as to the Impact of Our Parents' & Friends Influence Upon Us.

A. This is Not for the purpose of Placing Blame.

B. It is for the purpose of Learning About Ourselves.

C. Thus, we shall study the "Stages of Life" or



Who You Were Effects Who You Are
(Stages of Life)


I. (Birth - Five) --- "Are You Glad I'm Here?" --- Essential Inner Value Phase

A. Trait --- Self-Worth: (Absorbing feelings and images of security and value from parents and environment)

1. Natural Source:

a. Mother's pre-natal health.

b. Physical nurturing and attention as an infant and toddler.

2. Supernatural Source:

Stable parents that display the gentleness of the Spirit of God.

B. Possible Later Results In Adult Life, From Difficulties Here:

1. Feelings Orientation --- (Phobias, Insecurity, Despair)

2. Unable To Discipline Children With Consistency.

C. Self-Examination Questions:

1. What was the state of my homelife during this time?

2. Was there verbal, physical, or other abuse?

3. Were you nurtured frequently by both parents?

4. Do you now struggle with strong feelings of fundamental insecurity or despair?

5. Do you now struggle with letting your emotions overcome your better judgement?

6. Do you feel unworthy of other's love including God's love?

II. (Ages Six - Ten) --- "Why Do People Do That?" --- Conscience / Ethical Phase

A. Trait --- Self-Orientation: (Emulating and recording models seen in adults)

1. Natural Source:

a. Creative learning environments,

b. Healthy adult role models (male & Female) living consistent, responsible lifestyles.

c. Consistent, but not harsh, discipline.

d. Frequent communication and interaction on a child's level.

2. Supernatural Source:

a. Stable, prayerful home that is active within a local church environment.

b. Frequent Bible readings.

c. Learning to relate to God as your loving Father.

B. Possible Later Results in Adult Life, from Difficulties Here:

1. Task Orientation --- (Obsessive/Compulsive, Perfectionistic, Super-Achiever, Workaholic)

2. Legalistic About Religion --- (Goes through the motions, Religion based on rules, duties, oughts)

3. Anti-Social --- (Hypocracy, Unethical Behavior, Criminal Behavior)

4. Avoids Intimacy --- (Cannot get close to people, difficulties in sexual relating)

5. Sexual Identity Obsessed --- (Immoral, Homo / Bi-sexual)

C. Self-Examination Questions:

1. What was the state of my homelife during this time?

2. Was there verbal, physical, or other abuse?

3. Were you welcome to relate frequently to both parents?

4. What kind of mental pictures do you have of how you saw adults behave and relate to each other?

5. Do you now struggle with "Job Centeredness"?

6. Do you now struggle with neglecting close relationships or get into relationships in which you are neglected?

7. Do you often find yourself talking at length about yourself?

8. Do you cycle through a lot of love relationships?

9. Does God seem to never be satisfied with you?

III. (Ages Eleven - Nineteen) --- "Who Cares About (or Values) Me? --- Emotional / Relational Phase

A. Trait --- Self-Image: (Adjusting to emerging sexuality and integrating with peers' Value System)

1. Natural Source:

a. Increasingly mature discussion topics.

b. Healthy and caring friendships with other healthy teens.

c. Protection from emphasis on outward traits.

2. Supernatural Source:

a. Brought into more serious family prayer concerns.

b. Christ-centered, structured social activities.

c. Involvement in ministry projects.

d. Learning to personally study God's Word.

e. Becoming more directly dependent on your heavenly Father.

B. Possible Later Results In Adult Life, From Difficulties Here:

1. Poor choice of friendships.

2. Believes whatever authoritative sounding people say, does little personal investigation.

3. Leaves one's faith behind.

4. Dependent, Manipulative Relationships.

C. Self-Examination Questions:

1. What was the state of my homelife during this time?

2. Was there verbal, physical, or other abuse?

3. Were you welcome to relate frequently to both parents?

4. Were you sexually active as a teen?

5. Did you seek a boy/girl friend thinking it would satisfy your deepest needs?

6. Did you allow yourself to go or be taken further in sexual involvement than you really wanted to?

7. Are you self-conscious about how you appear to others?

8. Do you now find yourself having difficult finding good, trustworthy friends and dating relationships?

IV. (Ages Twenty - Twenty Nine) --- "What Makes Life Meaningful? or "What Makes Life Fun?" --- Meaningfulness Phase

A. Trait --- Self-Identity (Searching for the purpose of life)

B. Natural Source: --- College, Friends, Job, etc.

C. Supernatural Source:

1. Keeping close to strong Christian Friends.

2. Understanding and pursuit of God's purposes based on intense Bible study and prayer.

3. Healthy relationship with spiritual/pastoral advisors.

4. Understanding the traits and goals of spiritual leadership.

5. Bold sharing of the gospel with others.

D. Possible Later Results In Adult Life, From Difficulties Here:

Life lived Mainly For Selfish, Personal Goals.

E. Self-Examination Questions:

1. Did you stay with your faith in college?

2. How did you come into the career direction that you began at this time?

3. What did you think that marriage would gain you?

4. How faithful are you to honor God by giving financial support to the ministry of a church?

5. What do you now believe makes living worthwhile?

V. (Thirty Onward) --- "What Do I Get From Life?" --- Achievement Phase

A,Trait --- Self-Fulfillment (Searching for purpose in life, working at life's goals)

1. Natural Source: --- Family, Job, Community

2. Supernatural Source:

a. Understanding and pursuit of God's purposes.

b. Growing in spiritual leadership roles.

B. Possible Later Results In Adult Life, From Difficulties Here:

1. Life lived mainly for selfish, personal goals.

2. Relationships maintained mainly for selfish reasons.

3. Alienation in relationships with spouse and/or children.

4. Mid-life Crisis --- (With no real sense of life purpose one wants to avoid the onset of age and the impending sense of one's mortality)

C. Self-Examination Questions:

1. Are you willing to get honest about the life you are living?

2. Are you willing to value people over things, accomplishments, status, money, etc.?

3. Are you willing to put the "brakes on" selfish and self-destructive actions?

4. Are you willing to make your life count for eternity?

5. Are you willing to let God rebuild your value system and your priorities?

6. Are you willing to give your children a better spiritual heritage than you received?



Basis of A Positive Self-Image

I. Know What You Are --- A Unique Creation of God, Made In The Image of God

A. Gen. 1:26-27, "And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. {27} So God created man in his <own> image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them."

B. We are Reflective of God's Nature.

II. Know Who You Are --- A Child of God, A Partaker of His Very Nature --- Forgiven of All Sins.

A. Of course, we are only talking about "Born-Again Christians" --- as "Children of God".

B. To the Lost --- John 8:44, "Ye are of <your> [father] the [devil], and the lusts of your [father] ye will do."

C. To the Saved --- 1 John 3:1-2, "Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the Sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not. Beloved, Now are we the Sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be Like Him; for we shall see him as he is." V. 9, "Whosoever is Born of God doth not commit sin; for his Seed (Sperma) remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is Born of God."

Eph. 2:1, "And you <hath he quickened>, who were dead in trespasses and sins:"

D. Eph. 5:30, "For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones."

E. 2 Peter 1:4, "Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature,"

F. 1 John 3:1-3, "Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not. {2} Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. {3} And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure."

G. 2 Cor. 5:21, "For he hath made him <to be> sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him."

III. Know What Position We Hold --- The Representatives And Stewards of God In This World.

A. 2 Cor. 5:17-20, "Therefore if any man <be> in Christ, <he is> a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. {18} And all things <are> of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; {19} To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation. {20} Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech <you> by us: we pray <you> in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God."

B. 1 Thess. 2:4, "But as we were allowed of God to be put in trust with the gospel, even so we speak; not as pleasing men, but God, which trieth our hearts."

C. 1 Tim. 1:11, "According to the glorious gospel of the blessed God, which was committed to my trust."

IV. Know That You Will Face Evil & Death --- Man's Original Sin Brought Judgement, A Curse And Death Into The World.

A. John 15:18-21, "If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before <it hated> you. {19} If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you. {20} Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also. {21} But all these things will they do unto you for my name's sake, because they know not him that sent me."

B. Gal. 6:17, "From henceforth let no man trouble me: for I bear in my body the [marks] of the [Lord] Jesus."

Col. 1:24, "Who now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and [fill up] that which is behind (lacking) of the afflictions of Christ in my flesh for his body's sake, which is the church:"

C. God Sent His Son --- Likewise, His Son Has Sent Us:

John 20:21, "Then said Jesus to them again, Peace <be> unto you: as <my> [Father] hath [sent] me, even so [send] I you."

D. God Sacrificed His Son --- Likewise, we must be willing to die for the cause of Christ.

1. Matt. 20:28, "Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many."

2. If God was willing to sacrifice His own Son to Save Souls --- He Will Also be willing to Sacrifice You & Me.

3. Paul --- Romans 9:3, "... For I could wish that myself were accursed from Christ for my brethren, my kinsmen according to the flesh:"

E. God was Seperated From His Son --- This is where the Comparison Ends!

Rom. 8:35-39, "Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? <shall> tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? {36} As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. {37} Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. {38} For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, {39} Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord."

V. Know & Realize That Growing In Spiritual Character Will Always Be A Battle In This Life.

Gal. 5:17, "For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would."

Gal. 5:24, "And they that are Christ's have [crucified] the [flesh] with the affections and lusts."

VI.. Know & Understand That It Will Take Time To Rebuild Areas of Your Life Crippled By Past Events.

Heb. 12:1-3, "Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset <us>, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, {2} Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of <our> faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. {3} For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds."

VII. Know & Understand The Vital Importance Being Active In A Biblical Local Church.

Heb. 10:23-39, "Let us hold fast the profession of <our> faith without wavering; (for he <is> faithful that promised;) {24} And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: {25} Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some <is>; but exhorting <one another>: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching. {26} For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, {27} But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries. {28} He that despised Moses' law died without mercy under two or three witnesses: {29} Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace? {30} For we know him that hath said, Vengeance <belongeth> unto me, I will recompense, saith the Lord. And again, The Lord shall judge his people. {31} <It is> a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God. {32} But call to remembrance the former days, in which, after ye were illuminated, ye endured a great fight of afflictions; {33} Partly, whilst ye were made a gazingstock both by reproaches and afflictions; and partly, whilst ye became companions of them that were so used. {34} For ye had compassion of me in my bonds, and took joyfully the spoiling of your goods, knowing in yourselves that ye have in heaven a better and an enduring substance. {35} Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompense of reward. {36} For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise. {37} For yet a little while, and he that shall come will come, and will not tarry. {38} Now the just shall live by faith: but if <any man> draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him. {39} But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of the soul."



Now, These Seven Things Should
Give Us,The Power & Ability To:

I. Consciously Choose --- Personal Humility & Commitment To God.

Prov. 3:5-6, "Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. {6} In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths."

Psa. 51:10-17, "Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. {11} Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me. {12} Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me <with thy> free spirit. {13} <Then> will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee. {14} Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, thou God of my salvation: <and> my tongue shall sing aloud of thy righteousness. {15} O Lord, open thou my lips; and my mouth shall show forth thy praise. {16} For thou desirest not sacrifice; else would I give <it>: thou delightest not in burnt offering. {17} The sacrifices of God <are> a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise."

James 4:6-7, "But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble. {7} Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you."

II. Consciously Choose To --- Treasure God's Word by Studying it, Contemplating it, and Living it.

Psa. 119:11, "Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee."

Psa. 1:1-3, "Blessed <is> the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. {2} But his delight <is> in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. {3} And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper."

2 Tim. 3:16-17, "All scripture <is> given by inspiration of God, and <is> profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: {17} That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works."

III. Consciously Choose To --- Accept Accountability to others.

Matt. 18:15-17, "Moreover if thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone: if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother. {16} But if he will not hear <thee>, <then> take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established. {17} And if he shall neglect to hear them, tell <it> unto the church: but if he neglect to hear the church, let him be unto thee as a heathen man and a publican."

James 5:19-20, "Brethren, if any of you do err from the truth, and one convert him; {20} Let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins."

Gal. 6:1, "Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted."

James 5:16, "[Confess] <your> [faults] one to [another], and pray one for [another], that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much."

IV. Consciously Choose To --- Cooperate With God's Spirit.

Gal. 5:16, "<This> I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh."

V. Consciously Choose To --- Resist Satan's Influence.

James 4:7, "Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you."

VI. Consciously Choose To --- Focus Our Primary Love on God.

Deut. 6:5, "And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might."

Matt. 22:37, "Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind."

John 14:15, "If ye love me, keep my commandments." --- V. 23, "Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him."

John 15:10, "If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father's commandments, and abide in his love."

1 John 5:2-3, "By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments. {3} For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous."

VII. Consciously Choose To --- Reject Unhealthy Heart Hungers (Desires).

I Peter 2:1, "Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speakings,"

A. Malice --- Getting back at others for hurting you.

B. Deceit --- Projecting to others you are something that you are not.

C. Hypocrisy --- Having double standards for yourself that are different than what you hold others to.

D. Envy --- Thinking that you are more deserving of what others have than they are.

E. Slander --- Allowing your words to become weapons against others.

VIII. Consciously Choose To --- Receive True Nourishment From God's Word.

1 Peter 2:2, "As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:"

Heb. 4:12, "For the word of God <is> quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and <is> a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart."

IX. Consciously Choose To --- Redirect The Way Our Mind Thinks.

Phil. 4:8, "Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things <are> honest, whatsoever things <are> just, whatsoever things <are> pure, whatsoever things <are> lovely, whatsoever things <are> of good report; if <there be> any virtue, and if <there be> any praise, think on these things."

X. Consciously Choose To --- Renew Our Will.

Rom. 12:1-2, "I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, <which is> your reasonable service. {2} And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, (will) that ye may prove what <is> that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God."

XI. Consciously Choose To --- Remold Our Emotions.

I Peter 5:7, "Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you."

Phil. 4:6, "Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God."

Rom. 12:15, "Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep."

XII. Consciously Choose To --- Reconsider Our Models.

Phil. 4:9, "Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you."

1 Peter 5:3, "Neither as being lords over <God's> heritage, but being ensamples to the flock."

XIII. Consciously Choose To --- Re-Evaluating Our Friends.

2 Tim. 2:22, "Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart."

Heb. 10:24-25, "And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: {25} Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some <is>; but exhorting <one another>: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching."




If You Are Not Saved, Nothing Else Matters
There Is No Second Chance After Death!
Hebrews 9:27

                                                          

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